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Category: Real Estate News

Vancouver Home Sales Down While Inventory Continues to Increase

The number of transactions on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) declined in May compared to what is typical for this time of year in Metro Vancouver. This shift has allowed the inventory of homes available for sale to continue to accumulate with over 13,000 homes now actively listed on the MLS® in the region. The […]

Foreign Buyer Ban Extended to 2027

Canada is extending its foreign homebuyer ban until 2027. On Feb 4, 2024 – the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the federal government’s intent to extend by an additional two years, the existing ban on foreign ownership of Canadian housing. Under the ban, which first came into effect in 2023, […]

New BC Government Regulations for Short-Term Rentals in 2024

As of May 2024, the BC Government will be adding its own short-term rental restrictions, which will be in addition to municipal and strata restrictions. The main thrust of the new provincial government legislation is to keep short-term rentals within principal residences only. Although the details are still evolving, below are the current highlights that […]

Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement – Oct 25, 2023

The Bank of Canada maintained its overnight rate at 5 per cent this morning. In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that there is growing evidence that higher interest rates are dampening economic activity, and it expects growth to be weak through 2024. On inflation, the Bank sees little downward momentum in its […]

Seasonal Slowdown Brings Price Stability

As summer winds to a close, higher borrowing costs have begun to permeate the Metro Vancouver housing market in predictable ways, with price gains cooling and sales slowing along the typical seasonal pattern. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,296 in August 2023, a 21.4 per […]

BC Government Removes Age & Rental Restrictions to Strata Title Properties

BILL 44 – 2022: BUILDING AND STRATA STATUTES AMENDMENT ACT. On November 24, 2022, the BC Government passed amendments to the Strata Property Act which take immediate effect.   There are three significant changes impacting strata properties: 1. All rental restriction bylaws are removed, except for bylaws restricting short-term rentals such as Airbnb or Vrbo. […]

Provincial Government Expands Speculation & Vacancy Tax to More Regions in January 2023

The B.C. government is extending its speculation and vacancy tax to more communities starting in January 2023. Squamish, Lions Bay, Duncan, North Cowichan, Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan will be added to the list, which already included Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, Lantzville, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Kelowna, and West Kelowna. The tax rate is 2% of […]

Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadian Act

Non-Canadian and non-Permanent Residents will no longer be able purchase a property in Canada starting January 1, 2023. Here is some key information regarding the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadian Act: * In an effort to address concerns about housing affordability, the federal government passed a two-year restriction on the purchase […]

Housing Market Cools in May

Spring ushers in calmer housing market trends in Metro Vancouver   After reaching record-setting levels in 2021, home sale activity has returned to more typical seasonal levels in Metro Vancouver this spring due, in large part, to rising interest rates.   The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the […]

Home Buyer Competition Intensifies

Competition amongst home buyers is putting upward pressure on home prices across Metro Vancouver’s housing market. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,727 in February 2021, a 73.3 per cent increase from the 2,150 sales recorded in February 2020, and a 56 per cent […]

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